Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.
By the aid of self-control, resolution, purity, righteousness, and well-directed
thought a man ascends; by the aid of animality, indolence, impurity, corruption,
and confusion of thought a man descends.
As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine
freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance
can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and
good will and serenity.
Every thought seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there,
produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage
of opportunity and circumstance. Good thought bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is
allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. His
purposes are seasonably planted, and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does
not fall prematurely to the ground.
He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs
neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day
realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it;
Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe,
and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless
beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.